December 5, 2009 Subject:
The place is still around and is fighting a different plague
It's good that this history is being preserved here. The City of Hope still exists, and its mission is now cancer, HIV/AIDS and Immune Disorder research. They still treat people regardless of ability to pay. Until we have a sane health care system in the US it is organizations like the City of Hope that treat the most vulnerable among us. http://www.coh.org/
December 10, 2003 Subject:
Beware the White Plague!
This very bombastically-narrated 30s film tells us all about the City of Hope, a huge tuberculosis sanatorium. It brings back the days when TB was a dread disease that baffled doctors and whose treatment usually involved long months of convalescence at a sanatorium in a remote area with fresh air. Such sanatoriums bit the dust when antibiotics were invented that cured TB. Its a fascinating little piece of history, though, making this film pretty interesting. The bombastic narration makes it unintentionally funny in spots, especially the scene where the first sanatorium, which was literally a couple of tents, blows over in a windstorm. Mostly, though, this is about the many families and organizations who gave sizable donations to the City of Hope and had buildings named after them. Of course, its designed to get audience members to give till it hurts, as the narrator keeps reiterating that there is a long waiting list of patients trying to get into the sanatorium, and they need more money to build more buildings so that waiting list can be eliminated. A fun little piece of medical history.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ***. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: *****. Overall Rating: ****.
July 25, 2003 Subject:
A glorified Sanitoruim Commercial
This film disguised as a newsreel but really paid for by the Los Angeles Sanitorium, focuses on the history of the many lovely buildings the Sanitorium now has. In a very hard to understand voice, the narrator first goes over very quickly how the Sanitorium came to be. After that, we see the current Sanitorium, and how financial efforts have made possible more buildings for patients. Much back slapping and ceremonial dirt turning abound. Some overviews of the Sanitorum does is glossed over, but I think this was made for people with bucks to give to the Sanitorium.